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You can claim workers’ compensation for injuries that result in amputation if the accident can be attributed to employer negligence. Here we look at what’s involved in such a claim.
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Amputations will limit mobility, and restrict independence and dexterity, leaving the injured person facing huge changes to their lifestyle. They affect physical interaction with loved ones, and often cause severe psychological injuries such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Claiming compensation can help you to recover and attain a better quality of life.
If an accident at work is so serious that it leads to an amputation, usually there has been an inadequate approach to health and safety in the workplace by an employer. It could be a simple lack of training to staff, failure to adequately maintain dangerous machinery, or a failure to ensure that workers are correctly qualified and competent to perform the tasks. In essence, workplace amputation claims come down to employer negligence.
Employers are legally obliged to provide a safe and secure environment for workers and visitors to any work site. Failure to provide adequate training to all staff, induction to workplace health and safety, the correct equipment or a safe working environment is known as employer negligence.
When it comes to working with dangerous machinery, heavy items or equipment that could lead to serious injuries, there are strict guidelines regarding safe working. Employers must ensure that workers are provided with the correct safety equipment, that areas with inherent risks (such as construction sites) are properly managed and sign-posted. They must also ensure that all staff are properly trained to work safely, use equipment properly and know how to identify and report risk of injuries or accidents properly.
Amputation compensation claims will succeed if it can be shown that the employer has been negligent.
Why claim amputation compensation?
Someone who has lost a limb because of the negligence of an employer, or colleagues, has every right to pursue a claim for injury compensation. The person who has undergone an amputation will be facing life changing circumstances. They are most likely going to have to change everything in their lives, from the type of car they drive through to making expensive alterations to their home.
The financial implications faced by claimants are huge. In the best case scenario, someone making an amputation claim will be off work for a very long time – if they are ever able to return – and will be struggling to cope with a temporary loss of income. This alone means that they need to claim compensation to recover their lost income. In the worst case scenarios, claimants will never return to work. They will have huge cost burdens to face, having to change a car for a disability-friendly one, renovate a house to make the doors and bathroom wheelchair user-friendly, having to remove all steps and level changes, paying for ongoing care requirements and having no income.
The motivation to pursue a claim is clear, with the need for financial assistance being the number one issue. However, as well as winning a financial settlement, claiming compensation with Direct2Compensation and our expert injury solicitors can help you in many ways:
- Making a compensation claim is a legal right, and if you succeed, it fairly compensates you for the life changing injuries you’ve sustained that were not your fault.
- A successful workplace accident amputation claim can help pay for private medical treatment and rehabilitation therapies to maximise the extent of the recovery you can make.
- An amputation claim settlement will include a large special damages claim that will incorporate any lost income and future lost income, projected costs for post accident care and finance to cover expensive alterations to property and vehicles.
As all Direct2Compensation workplace accident claims are made on a No Win No Fee basis, you will never be charged if your claim does not succeed. A successful claim will lead to a compensation settlement being made to you.
Compensation amounts for amputation
The following is a guide to how much you can expect to claim, just for your injury. It does not include amounts for “special damages”, for example, loss of earnings, expenses or medical treatment.
|Part Of Body||Compensation Amount|
|Fingers||£6,570 to £69,050|
|Thumbs||£9,550 to £12,740|
|Hands||£47,000 to £153,150|
|Arms||£73,050 to £228,050|
|Toes||£23,750 to £42,650|
|Feet||£63,820 to £153,250|
|Legs||£74,450 to £214,300|
When can you make a claim?
Anyone that suffers a serious injury at work, such as an amputation, should make a claim for injury compensation at the earliest opportunity. Avoiding a delay in commencing a claim can help to minimise lost income and reduce stress and anxiety.
Common scenarios leading to amputation compensation claims include:
- Employers failing to provide adequate health and safety guidance or training
- Employers failing to provide the correct personal protective equipment (gloves, hard hats, steel toe capped boots etc)
- Failing to ensure that staff are correctly qualified and trained to work
- Failing to adequately service and maintain dangerous machinery
- A working environment that prevents people from working safely
- Removal of safety guards, fencing and warning signage within the workplace
Employers that fail to ensure full training, guidance and a safe working environment will be liable should any injuries happen to the staff under their leadership. Any employee who undergoes an amputation because of an accident at work should certainly consider making a claim for personal injury compensation.
How Direct2Compensation can help with your claim
As with all accidents, it is important to make sure that the details of your workplace accident have been recorded properly within an accident book or elsewhere. In serious accident circumstances your employer should also have reported the accident to the relevant authorities, such as via the RIDDOR system to the Health and Safety Executive. If this hasn’t happened, we can help you to ensure it does.
Direct2Compensation are experts in managing severe accident at work compensation claims. Over the years we have successfully assisted many such claimants, we know your rights and can help you to hold your employer liable for your injuries and losses.
We’ll advise you on important issues such as helping you to make sure that the details of your accident and injuries have been properly reported and recorded with your employer, and can also give you a good understanding about how the no win no fee claims process works.
Direct2Compensation work with some of the best accident at work solicitors in the UK. With our easy to understand claims process and ability to handle your claim quickly, simply and transparently, there are many reasons that make us the right choice when it comes to starting your compensation claim for a back injury.
If you have suffered an amputation injury and want to know if you can make a claim for compensation, contact us today. You can start your claim online or request a call back, and one of our expert team will be in touch to offer help. Alternatively, call us on 01225 430285.